Mehdi Lahlou, chief technology and information officer (CTIO) of inwi, delivered an insightful speech at a panel discussion held during GITEX AFRICA. He shed light on inwi's ongoing efforts to promote connectivity and digital inclusion in Morocco. He emphasized the company's commitment to the National Broadband Plan (PNHD), which aims to ensure widespread access to high-speed internet across the country. Lahlou acknowledged the significant challenge posed by limited coverage in rural areas, not only in Morocco but also in other African nations facing similar issues of broadband accessibility.
He outlined that the transition to 5G technology in Africa would occur once there was a high level of maturity and adoption of 4G. He stressed the potential of 5G to unlock new possibilities and use cases in critical sectors such as healthcare and education. Lahlou highlighted the transformative impact of 5G deployment, envisioning a future where schools and health centers in rural areas are seamlessly connected, improving access to quality education and healthcare services.
Furthermore, inwi's CTIO underscored the medium-term potential of 5G in sectors like industry, transportation, agriculture and smart cities. The advent of 5G connectivity is set to catalyze technological advancements in various segments of the economy, creating new opportunities for Moroccan and African companies.